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Game 53: Seesaw Circus

Tonight's game story: Nats keep first place on Harper walkoff single.


  • Peripheral, at best: Jordan Zimmermann (+14.1% pitching, +9.7% hitting) gives up 2 ER in 6 IP with 5 Ks and no walks. He goes 2-2 at the plate with a double and a run scored--for a no-decision.
  • Meltdown: Craig Stammen (-48.6%) finally has a disaster outing, getting only one out in relief, walking two and giving up a go-behind, two-run double in the 8th (-49.7%).
  • Meltdown, part 2: Henry Rodriguez (-32.4%) can't keep it tied in the 10th, with a go-behind wild pitch (-16.0%)
  • Meltdown for the win: Ross Detwiler (-20.0%) strikes out 4 and walks 2 in 2 innings of relief, but gives up a go-behind HR in the 12th (-35.4%). He even draws a rare negative-WPA walk with runners 2nd/3rd and 1 out in the 12th (-0.9%).
  • Beast Mode is back: Michael Morse (+19.9%) is 2-5 with a walk and a pair of doubles, including one to lead off the 12th (+24.3%).
  • Right man, right place: Ryan Zimmerman (+43.5%) is 2-6 with a two-run circus single in the 5th (+18.2%) and a leadoff ROE in the 10th (+13.2%) that allowed him to be the tying run.
  • Righter man, righter place(s): Ian Desmond (+101.7%) records the most ridiculous WPA I've ever seen for a Nat, with a game-tying RBI single in the 8th (+30.5%), a run-scoring ROE circus play to tie it again in the 10th (+25.4%), and an RBI double to tie it a third time in the 12th (+38.0%).
  • Rightest man, rightest place: Bryce Harper (+26.7%) bookends the game with a two-out, RBI single to get the Nats on the board in the 3rd (+12.1%) and a two-out, RBI single for the walkoff in the 12th (+34.9%).
  • Oh, yeah, shutdowns: Tyler Clippard (+12.3%) and Tom Gorzelanny (+9.0%) each throw an inning of scoreless relief amidst all the madcap zaniness.

RIght, this is too long already so I won't get into all the LOB. Suffice it to say that I'm pretty sure this is the craziest WPA I've ever done.